Tag: media

Proactive Things To Do

The Proactive things to do to not be defeated by the next 4 years is a starting point for those approaching the Trump election from the perspective of, “Fuck, how do I help un-fuck this situation?” It’s literally a simple to-do list of modest actions.

The list highlights bureaucratic protest (e.g., calling elected officials), administrative tasks (filing labor complaints, downloading public data sets) and daily routines (media consumption, donating) that seem mundane, but can form the basis for solving larger problems down the road. Some of these tasks are manageable and easily actionable, which can give clear guidance and goals for the user. Others make assumptions about users’ access to resources (paying parking tickets, clearing criminal records). Most of these are best viewed as individual long-term tasks to incrementally chip away at injustice.

Some notes are geared towards white people, with its mention of being an accomplice and not an ally, and for recommending the SNL episode hosted by Dave Chappelle (“You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be“).

I came across the list on Facebook and I can’t trace where I found this, so I can’t provide source information. Anyone recall where this came from?

 

Black Lives Matter Syllabus

Like Public Books’ Trump Syllabus 2.0, Prof. Frank Leon Roberts’ Black Lives Matter (BLM) Syllabus comes from the pre-11/9. And, of course, is not specifically about the 2016 Election. That said, given the subsequent liberal call-to-arms following 11/9, BLM is even more relevant now for understanding the nature of injustice in this country.

The online version is in standard syllabus form, but also contains useful video resources.

The BLM Syllabus in PDF form is here: black-lives-matter-fall-2016-syllabus-black-lives-matter-syllabus

Trump Syllabus 2.0

Reading is a staple recommendation, but a number of lists are light on research and/or rely too heavily on recent releases (and subsequently read like a publisher’s marketing copy). There have been a handful of rigorous syllabi worth exploring.

Public Books’ “Trump Syllabus 2.0,” published on 28 June 2016, was a response to The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s version from a week prior. Though published about a month prior to the national conventions, the 2.0 syllabus covers much of the necessary ground to understand the ascent of Trump. It is immensely broad and, as its schedule suggests, could easily take four months to cover. The weekly topics alone are a useful framework for understanding the breadth of the problems of Trump’s campaign: white power, Islamophobia, national security, anti-Mexican sentiment, misogyny, etc.

Syllabus in PDF form here: public-books-trump-syllabus-2